§ MR. J. MURPHY (Kerry, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland why the sale of the McCartie estate at Headfort, County Kerry is not yet concluded after three years having elapsed since the purchase agreements were signed; whether the action of Judge Ross in refusing the terms of the Estates Commissioners as to he sale of untenanted land on the estate is the principal cause of the delay; and whether, having regard to the number of uneconomic holdings on the estate, he Dan take any steps to carry out the intentions of Parliament by having the untenanted land on the estate made available.
§ MR. BIRRELL
The McCartie esate is for sale in the Land Judge's Court, and I am informed that the assumption that there is untenanted land on the estate is incorrect. The Estates Commissioners made an offer to the Land fudge for the purchase of the estate, a condition of the offer being that a certain holding should be sold to them as untenanted land. The Land Judge could hot lawfully accept this condition, as the holding was in the possession of a tenant. The Estates Commissioners have since reconsidered the matter, and have now made an amended offer which will be considered by the Land Judge.